An international celebration of new research possibilities

​Chalmers' new electron microscope enables researchers to study and design the smart materials of the future. On 15 May, it was time for the great unveiling of the huge transmission electron microscope (TEM). 
The unique TEM weighs about five tons and it allows researchers to explore the world of individual atoms. More than a hundred people attended the grand inauguration event and took the chance to learn more about the new possibilities with soft microscopy and materials design. Professor Eva Olsson was the chair of the grand opening ceremony at Chalmers, where researchers and specialists from all over the world created a network – through tying colourful ribbons together. 

Even Chalmers' founder, William Chalmers, seemed to have gained a new lease of life thanks to the excitement of the new microscope. He (or rather Philip Wramsby) moderated the event and let the audience join a journey down the memory lane. 

In the afternoon the seminars at Chalmers attracted many researchers from near and far. The lecture hall Kollektorn was completely crowded when several leading international researchers held their presentations. Special invitees included members of a European network for electron microscopy, in which Chalmers is involved.

As the microscope has Japanese origin, representatives of the manufacturer, JEOL, from Japan as well as Europe visited Chalmers for this special event. They expressed their joy of seeing the unique instrument installed in Sweden. The day ended, as it should be, with karaoke in Japanese!

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren,​
Images: Johan Bodell, Helén Rosenfeldt and Mia Halleröd Palmgren

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Published: Thu 23 May 2019.